Preventive Dentistry

Retained Puppy Teeth

Look at all those teeth! Puppy teeth that don’t fall out normally can cause real problems in the developing mouth!

Preventive dentistry is all about making sure a young pet’s mouth and teeth develop properly. Dogs and cats don’t need to have a perfect smile, but they all deserve a pain free and functional bite. The best opportunity to prevent problems in dental development is between three and seven months of age, when puppies and kittens lose their primary— or baby—teeth.

Who needs preventive pet dentistry? Every puppy and kitten! Toy breeds, poodles of all sizes, and short nosed breeds (like pugs, boxers, bulldogs, and Persian cats) are very prone to problems with dental development and they should be watched especially close. For most pets, careful observation is enough. We’ll help teach you what to look for during regular preventive care exams and follow up until your pet’s adult teeth have erupted completely.

Interceptive exodontics is a part of preventive pet dentistry. It’s the practice of removing teeth that stand in the way of a functional and pain-free mouth. This might include extracting puppy or kitten teeth that aren’t lost in time to allow the adult teeth to move into the right spot or strategically removing adult teeth to prevent over-crowding, unwanted tooth-on-tooth contact, and other conditions that can cause pain or increase the pet’s risk of disease later in life.